Cosmic Trip

Rock Concerts at the Minneapolis Labor Temple 1969-1970

2021
Author:

Christian A. Peterson

A trip through Minneapolis rock concert history framed through psychedelic poster art

In the years 1969–1970 the Minneapolis Labor Temple burned brightly as the center of the Twin Cities music scene. Cosmic Trip is the story of this famed club framed through the poster art of Juryj Ostroushko—a duet of music history and a trip down memory lane.

Minneapolis has always been a good place for us to play. We came back several times, but we never had that especial ‘vibe’ that only happened in that particular year and in that place. The Labor Temple was a remarkable venue, never to be forgotten.

Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, of Canned Heat

In the years 1969–1970 the Minneapolis Labor Temple burned brightly as the center of the Twin Cities music scene. The Labor Temple was transformed into a rock club with a 1,200-person capacity and hosted famous acts such as the Grateful Dead, Spirit, Ten Years After, Muddy Waters, and the Byrds. This included several local bands like the Litter and Jokers Wild that would be opening acts.

Cosmic Trip is the story of this famed club framed through the poster art of Juryj Ostroushko. The posters were inspired by the psychedelic art coming out of San Francisco at the time, each with hand-lettered typography used to simulate the effects of recreational drugs. This book moves chronologically through every concert hosted by the Labor Temple and each poster is accompanied by a descriptive review of the concert along with additional memorabilia. This duet of music history is a trip down memory lane.

Christian A. Peterson is the former associate curator of photographs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and author of a number of books and exhibit catalogues, including Chaining the Sun: Portraits by Jeremiah Gurney and Masterpiece Photographs of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts: The Curatorial Legacy of Carroll T. Hartwell.


Minneapolis has always been a good place for us to play. We came back several times, but we never had that especial ‘vibe’ that only happened in that particular year and in that place. The Labor Temple was a remarkable venue, never to be forgotten.

Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, of Canned Heat

Nothing like standing between Jeff Beck and Ron Wood as a joint gets passed back and forth.

Peter Ostroushko

The Labor Temple’s like the Fillmore Auditorium of the Midwest.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, of the Grateful Dead